NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The medical examiner has classified the death of a Queens, man whose body was found inside a garbage bag in the Rockaways, as a homicide.

Quynton Ross, 33, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

His body was found Monday inside of a garbage bag in a shallow grave on Beach 40th Street between Edgemere Avenue and Boardwalk, police said.

Ross, a photographer from Jamaica, Queens, had been missing for more than 24 hours. That’s when his worried mother used the “Find My iPhone” app to ping his smartphone.

Relatives said Ross’ mother and fiancée traced the iPhone to a sand dune at Beach 40th Street. There, they discovered the plastic bag filled with bloody clothing and Ross’ pinging phone.

“It was based on a GPS connection with the phone. That is it,” said family friend Noel Moses. “Using her motherly instinct, she was able to come to this location.”

His mother called 911 and detectives uncovered Ross’ body just yards from the boardwalk.

Ross was devoted to his 6-year-old daughter, who was to be a flower girl in his upcoming wedding.

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